Hollis Wong-Wear draws a line from her mother’s heritage to her creative freedom .

Hollis Wong-Wear takes us through the story of her mother’s immigration to the U.S. and how it informed her childhood and what it’s mean to her creativity and sense of freedom.

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Hollis Wong-Wear is a writer, performing artist and creative producer based in Seattle. As a vocalist, she sings with the indie electronic dance group The Flavr Blue and was nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year for her vocal performance on “White Walls” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. She has also produced over a dozen music videos, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ viral hit “Thrift Shop.” With her creative roots in spoken word poetry, Hollis has also been a teaching artist with Arts Corps and Youth Speaks Seattle, and handles operations for hip-hop duo Blue Scholars. Recently, she has been in rotation as a host at LoveCityLove on Capitol Hill.

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Hip-hop is this culture of determining one’s own story, determining one’s own voice against silence, against marginalization, against sensibilities that are meant to oppress and quiet. — Hollis Wong-Wear

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